Mayberry Haiku

SHERIFF ANDY TAYLOR
Authority with warmth
Tall and deliberate
His soft voice calms the moment
DEPUTY BARNEY FIFE
Rash and insecure
High wrinkled forehead
A bobbing adam’s apple
OPIE TAYLOR
Towheaded boy with fishing pole
Innocent mischief
Redeemed in dad’s arms
AUNT BEE
Nurturing presence
Lonely, she cooks and cleans
With no thought for herself
FLOYD THE BARBER
Calculating presence
Fountain of harmless gossip
Behind wide open eyes
GOMER PYLE
Bumpkin without guile
Improbable predicaments
Resolved by his charm
GOOBER PYLE
Rube with attitude
His own worst enemy
Dumb as a box of rocks
OTIS THE TOWN DRUNK
Passed out, living in
Cell with prints and doilies
He is his own jailer
ERNEST T. BASS
Renegade of the hills
Resists society
As he walks his own path
THE DARLINGS
Country family, mute
Except when playing
High style bluegrass music
THELMA LOU
White gloves, hat with veil
Small and birdlike, she
Makes barney almost bearable.
HELEN
The virtuous schoolteacher
Soft and dark
Will she ever catch Andy?
Frank Morra Washington DC
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